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Visionary Real Estate Developer Shares Lessons Learned with University of Cincinnati Students

Ian Bruce Eichner keynotes February Kautz Alumni Masters Forum

CINCINNATI, February 17, 2011 – The University of Cincinnati welcomes real estate innovator and College of Law alumnus Ian Bruce Eichner as the next Kautz Alumni Master. During his February 22nd & 23rd visit to UC’s campus, Eichner will educate students about his experiences in the real estate development field and explain the brokering process of a development project.

“Bruce is a major national figure in his field,” said Lou Bilionis, Dean of UC’s College of Law. “His visit is a invaluable opportunity for students to learn from his expertise and insights.”

As founder and president of The Continuum Company, Eichner has presided over a number of iconic developments in New York, Miami and Las Vegas with a combined value of more than $6 billion. Along the way, he’s been part of an impressive list of “firsts” for the industry:

  • His Montague Street development in Brooklyn Heights was the first high-rise built since landmark height legislation was passed in 1965.
  • A few blocks down, his Manhattan Club development is the first urban timeshare in New York, featuring the unique option of allowing guests to schedule one-night stays.
  • Eichner’s South Beach development, The Continuum, boasts two massive towers of 37 and 42 floors and is the only gated community on the beach.
  • Most recently, the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas is the first development on the strip to employ an urban development model, maximizing a small (8.5 acres) site to build a 3,000 room, 6.5 million square-foot hotel and casino with underground parking for 4,000 cars.

Creating large-scale, mixed-use properties takes experience and business prowess to sense an opportunity and bring financers, tenants, and potential customers together. It also takes extensive coordination between architects, builders, designers, marketers and engineers to ensure the highest level of satisfaction. Eichner is renowned for creating a unified vision that allows these incredibly complex projects to take place with amazing results.

Eichner’s career in real estate follows almost a decade in the criminal justice system, including terms as an assistant district attorney and program development chief of a gubernatorial agency during Nelson Rockefeller’s tenure.

The Kautz Alumni Masters Forum takes advantage of the wealth of experience within UC’s alumni community, giving them an opportunity to return to campus and share their professional experiences with students. Alumni Masters are leaders in business and industry, in education and the arts, who have set new standards of accomplishment by which others measure themselves.

Hosted this winter by UC’s College of Law and co-hosted by UC’s College of Business, the Kautz Alumni Masters Forum is presented by the Alumni Masters Forum Deans Committee of the UC Council of Deans in cooperation with The University of Cincinnati Foundation. It is supported and sponsored by the generosity of James & Carol Kautz.

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